The clash between former assistant and boss, in Nagelsman and Tuchel won’t be the first we would be seeing in the world of football, and it won’t be the last. In this case, we would be seeing a true clash of the tactical know-how of a master and apprentice, which has been one of the natures that football comes up with.
In a lot of more famous meetings between master and apprentice, we’ve seen in the past where apprentice eventually triumph over his master.
When a clash of this magnitude comes up, a lot would be expected from the semi-final clash between RB Leipzig and Paris Saint Germain, both teams been managed by the apprentice Julian Nagelsman and the master Thomas Tuchel.
Ahead of the UEFA Champions League semifinals clash between Atletico Madrid’s conqueror RB Leipzig and Paris Saint Germain, which would ever be their first meeting as opposing managers in the Champions League for both coaches from Germany. The ‘Apprentice and the ‘Master’, with Julian Nagelsman been the apprentice, having worked briefly under Tuchel at Augsburg II, while Thomas Tuchel is the master.
Nagelsman had clearly been given his defining managerial education by Tuchel even though it was on a short spell.
As short as the spell with Tuchel could be, it’s no doubt that Julian Nagelsman was an apprentice under Thomas Tuchel. A manager, Nagelsman would be facing in the semis.
At age 30, Julian Nagelsman was already in his second season as one of the finest managers at the highest level, notably Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.
The German persistent knee injuries put a quick end to his hope of playing football professionally, and in the mystery of getting what to get himself involved in. He went to study business at the university, after his graduation, Nagelsman realized that he isn’t meant to be a business person as such he switched his attention into sport sciences.
While Thomas Tuchel took over the reins at Mainz at age 36, although the present Paris Saint Germain gaffer started honing his managerial career in 2000, as a youth team manager at VFB Stuttgart. Aiding the development of young players in the team such as former Die Mannschaft forward Mario Gomez and Holger Badstuber.
After five years in 2005, Tuchel returned to Augsburg who was impressed with what he was doing at Stuttgart as a youth manager, with that he was given a role as the youth team manager, a role which laid the foundation of his managerial career.
The current Paris Saint Germain boss spent the best part of a decade honing his craft probably in a more decent club as a manager on the touchline with Mainz. Before moving a step further to Borussia Dortmund, the former BVB manager was a defender during his playing days with the Augsburg youth team. Unfortunately, he was asked to leave without making the first team.
Tuchel moved elsewhere in search to play football professionally, he joined lowly
Stuttgarter Kickers side playing in the Bundesliga II for a short spell. He makes eight outings in the Bundesliga II, before going on to join a third-tier side in SSV Ulm, where he had over 68 appearances before injury forced him to draw the curtain on his professional career quickly at age 24.
Tuchel’s career as a top manager began at Mainz in 2009, having built his credentials and also established himself as one the manager to look out for back at Augsburg II. In the summer of 2009, he was touted to be the U21 assistant manager of the German team, as well as Hoffenheim reserve manager, but all of the rumors in the media died when Mainz came calling.
He has unveiled as the manager of Mainz in 2009 after his predecessor Andersen was sacked following his team’s poor performance in the cup competition, which they lost to a lower league side in VFB Lubeck. Tuchel’s trajectory with Mainz was great and despite Mainz just only been promoted to the top flight the previous season he took the rein.
He took the team to a ninth-place position in his debut season in the Bundesliga, and since then the rest they say is history. Tuchel would be in the dugout as Paris Saint Germain gaffer in the semis, having scaled the scare and hurdle of Atalanta.
Nagelsman on the other hand, against all odds, tinkered his team, RB Leipzig, to the semi-final against a well-proven Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. A clash which almost 80 percent of football enthusiast thought the Spanish side would take Nagelsman’s team to the cleaner, but surprisingly it’s turned out to be something different as RB Leipzig a team with no huge European experiences and reputation unlike the ‘ Rojiblancos ‘, defeated the former Champions League finalist 2-1.
RB Leipzig reached their first Champions League semi-final after Tyler Adams’ deflected late shot secured a shock 2-1 win against Atletico Madrid in Lisbon
Nagelsman’s RB Leipzig side are only 11 years old, founded in 2009. Reaching the semi-final of champions league it’s a big deal for the team and the management, as what they’ve been building since 2009 has actually bring in some positive results.
The young German gaffer which i term the apprentice would be preparing his team to once again do the unthinkable against his master Thomas Tuchel’s Paris Saint Germain. It would be fair to say the RB Leipzig project so far is ahead of time or schedule as the case may be they are yet to win any major trophy.
However with the look of things in this weird 2019-20 champion league season that has been greatly affected by the pandemic, which made the competition to be narrow down to a one-legged affair without the opportunity of playing the second leg. Nagelsman’s side could launch an assault on the champions league if they scale through the hurdle of Thomas Tuchel’s fire power side.
The clash between the German side and the French side would be a match that would clearly show what the apprentice has successfully learned from his master. And if RB Leipzig performance against Atletico were anything to go by, then we might be seeing another big shocker when they face Paris Saint Germain in the semi-final. We can only wait to see how things would pan out.